Athletic News & Info
Hunter Macomber '19 Throws No-Hitter
On Thursday, March 16, Hunter Macomber '19 threw a no-hitter at the Perfect Game Lake Point Showdown in Emerson, Georgia. Perfect Game is an elite amateur baseball scouting organization that produces over one hundred tournaments and showcases each year across the country. At Perfect Game events, players perform against top level competition in front of college recruiters and professional scouts from all over the country.
It was the final inning of Christ School's second game of the day when Head Coach Cody Geyer realized that Hunter was on his way to a no-hitter. "I can't believe this is happening," said one of his players. "This is so cool." It took Geyer a moment to understand what the chatter in the dugout was about. "Hunter had been pitching so well, I didn't even realize he had a no-hitter going with just three outs to go," said Geyer. "He had thrown just under 80 pitches, so I knew I was going to let him finish the game."
Hunter, a sophomore in his first year at Christ School, did in fact finish with a complete game, no-hit, shutout. The first of his life. "He has been working so hard to get better and has used the pitching program to his advantage. All that hard work really paid off today," said Coach Geyer. "The team we played brought thirty players with them and the weather was cold. He took all of it as a challenge and threw the ball incredibly well."
While Hunter had eight strikeouts in the no-hitter, he was quick to thank his teammates. "The defense played so well behind me. There were some really hard hit balls that could have gotten through."
"We were so excited for Hunter. We've seen how hard he's been working," said Captain Will Fleming '17. "We have high expectations for the team this year. Hunter pitched a great game for us on Thursday, but we believe he's capable of even more."
The Greenies return to action this weekend with two 3A games. They face off against Wesleyan Christian Academy (5-0) on Friday, March 24 at 5:00PM and Greensboro Day School (2-5) on Saturday, March 25 at 1:00PM.
Green River Narrows. Photo by Kiesha Jean.
American Whitewater Journal Publishes Article by Greenie Richard Lytle '20
American Whitewater Journal published an article written by Greenie Richard Lytle '20. The article, entitled “Safety at the Green Race,” explores a competitive creek race held annually on the steepest section of North Carolina’s Green River Narrows. The race is difficult and dangerous, leading Richard to ask the question – why would anyone do this? In exploring the dangers and safety measures involved in the race, Richard urges his readers to “keep shredding, come out to the Green Narrows, train hard, be aware of the risks, and hopefully race in this one-of-a-kind whitewater race someday.”
According to Richard, the article was a way for him to combine his love of kayaking and his passion for writing. It was also a way for Richard to help people gain an understanding of not only the sport of kayaking, but also the safety concerns that people tend to gloss over. “I enjoy everything about writing, as it allows me to express my feelings and creativity in things that I like to do,” says Richard.
American Whitewater, founded in 1954, is a nonprofit dedicated to conserving and restoring America’s whitewater resources. In the Southeast, American Whitewater has secured releases on numerous rivers, including the Tuckasegee, Tallulah, and Cheoah. The organization has also helped spearhead the movement to maintain releases on the Ocoee River.
Greenies Play Oak Hill in 'Hoops for Hope' Charity Game
On Friday, January 27 at 7:00pm, Greenies will take on defending national champions Oak Hill Academy. Coached by Steve Smith, Oak Hill has seen 200 Division I players and over thirty players in the NBA, including Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, and Rajon Rondo. The Warriors are a combined 236-12 since 2012, and have won eight National Championships. Each of their ten players on this year’s roster will be playing Division I basketball. Christ School has three players in the NBA, Mason, Miles, and Marshall Plumlee, and over twenty Division I basketball players.
The game supports Access2Success, the foundation that brought Greenies Justice Ajogbar and Wisdom Asaboro to Christ School. A2S is a nonprofit that works to provide sustainable programs and generate positive change for Nigerian children and their families. A2S was founded by former basketball player and Davidson College graduate Andrew Lovedale in 2010. During his college basketball career, Lovedale realized that shoes, which costed more than a month’s salary in Nigeria, were an abundant commodity in America. “Faith, athletics and education made the difference in my life. I wanted to create opportunities for the youth of my country to grow in the same ways,” says Lovedale.
Wisdom and Justice both note the influence basketball has had on their lives. In Nigeria, it is uncommon for a student to be both a scholar and an athlete. Christ School provides an opportunity for Wisdom and Justice to be both.
“Basketball has taught me that whenever you want to do something and put your mind to it, you can do it,” says Wisdom, who started playing the sport at 13.
Attendees of the game are highly encouraged to bring new or like new athletic shoes to donate. A2S will ship these shoes to Nigeria to distribute to A2S Basketball Camps across the country. Those who donate one pair of shoes plus $5 to cover the cost of shipping will receive an official event t-shirt. If you are unable to bring shoes to donate, we will also be accepting cash donations. A donation of $25 will also earn a t-shirt, and will send a child to an A2S Basketball Camp for one week.
The game will also feature a raffle for a basketball signed by Oak Hill and Christ School players and coaches. Raffle tickets are $5, and you may enter as many times as you wish. Proceeds from the raffle will go directly to the cost of shipping the donated shoes to Nigeria.
2016-17 Christ School Basketball Season Opens
Anticipation is high as the Christ School basketball season kicks off with a home game against Legacy Charter School on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
The schedule for the 2016-17 season is the most difficult the program has ever seen, with six games scheduled against FAB 50 teams (a preseason list ranking the best 50 high school teams in the country) and three against teams ranked in the top 10 in the nation. The lineup includes defending National Champion Oak Hill Academy (1/27), National Runner-Up La Lamiere (2/4), and #8 ranked Hamilton Heights (2/3). “I have always been a huge believer in playing the most competitive teams we can find,” says Head Coach Scott Willard. “I know our kids are excited and up for the challenge.”
The Greenies, who were 23-8 last season, fell in the 3A NCISAA State Quarterfinals to High Point Christian. They look to improve on their up-tempo success this year. “This is one of the deepest teams I have ever coached. It is because of this depth that we can really look to push the tempo this year,” Willard says.
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Christ School Theater Competes at NCTC
On November 4, 2016, Christ School Theater competed in the North Carolina Theater Conference Regional High School Play Festival (NCTC). They performed two pieces, a cutting of the comedy Greater Tuna by Ed Howard, Jaston Williams, and Joe Sears, and an original one act entitled Green, written for Christ School Theater by local playwright Travis Lowe. Green is set in a sci-fi dystopic world where citizens are given a treatment that stops their bodies from aging at young adulthood. When the group of lads meet up after work at their regular watering hole, a pub next to a monkey house at the zoo, they are joined by a newcomer whom they welcome with jokes and stories. As the “boys” get to know each other, they discover that things are not what they seem.
At the competition, Greenies won an award for Excellence in Comedy for Greater Tuna and an award for Excellence in Set for Green. “It was a great opportunity to be with the larger high school community and see other theater departments’ productions,” says Director Mary Dillon. “The boys had fun and learned a lot. I was very proud of our performances.”
For its winter production, Christ School Theater will perform Agatha Christie’s classic And Then There Were None.
Greenies Win Rivalry Game 47-16
On Saturday, October 29, 2016, Christ School won its seventh straight game of the season, beating Asheville School 47-16. This was the 90th game of a rivalry that dates back to 1911. Although the overall series leans in Asheville School’s favor, Christ School holds a 24-19-2 edge since 1971 in the fight for the Fayssoux-Arbogast Trophy and has won The Game five times in a row. Including playoffs, this marks Christ School's seventh consecutive win against the rival school.
Quarterback Drew Johnson '17, who went 22-30 for 321 yards and five touchdowns, became a 2,000-yard passer for the second consecutive year in Saturday's win. Defensively, the Greenies had 6 QB sacks, while Seth Griswold '18 had 11 tackles and a fumble recovery. The team now turns its attention to the NCISAA Division II playoffs.
The Greenies go into the playoffs as the second seed. South Lake Christian Academy, who was intially scheduled to play Christ School on Friday, November 4, has forfeited the first playoff game. Christ School's next playoff game will take place on Friday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. on Fayssoux Field.
Greenies Face Asheville School in 90th Rivalry Game
On Saturday, October 29, 2016, Christ School and Asheville School will face off in the 90th Game of a rivalry that dates back to 1911. Kickoff is at 1:30p.m. on Fayssoux Field.
"The Game is more than football, it's the culmination of a full week of activities that bring the Christ School community together," says Athletic Director Scott Willard. "We're excited to host Asheville School and play the 90th game in a manner that honors our alumni and the tradition that this event has earned."
The week preceding the Game is marked by a series of activities, including a Talent Night on Wednesday evening, a bonfire on Thursday evening, and the Parent Council Tailgate on Saturday before the Game. After the Game, Greenies will attend the Homecoming Dance. The invitation-only Angelus Society Dinner also takes place on Saturday evening. View the full schedule of events here.
"This is a huge game. Our guys are used to playing in this type of atmosphere," says Head Coach Mark Moroz. "After playing against Robbinsville on TV earlier this year, our guys know what its like to play in big games and they are ready for it."
Christ School holds a 24-19-2 edge since 1971 in the fight for the Fayssoux-Arbogast Trophy, with Asheville School holding an overall winning record of 50-35-4. This storied game is the oldest high school football rivalry in the Carolinas, including all public or private schools.
Christ School and Asheville School were both founded in 1900 and first played football in 1911, with Asheville School winning 84-0. After a seven-year break, the game was next played in 1919. The game has been played uninterrupted since 1933. In 1971, the Fayssoux-Arbogast Trophy was introduced to honor the longtime athletic directors of each school: Richard Fayssoux of Christ School, who served from 1920-1966, and B.H. Arbogast of Asheville School, who served from 1930-1967.
This year, the Greenies come into the Game with a record of 7-1, averaging 41 points per game and giving up just over ten points on the defensive end. Offensively, the Greenies are quarterbacked by Drew Johnson '17, who has thrown for nearly 2,000 yards with 24 touchdowns to just four interceptions. His top targets are Jared Letman-Gash '17, who has 11 receiving touchdowns, and Keyvaun Cobb ’18, who leads the team with 46 catches, 482 yards, and 6 scores. The running back "thunder and lightning" combo of Sage Holley '17 and Kokayi Cobb '17 (7 touchdowns a piece) have made the Greenies as viable on the ground as in the air.
Defensively, the combined 180 tackles of linebackers Seth Griswold '18, Carson Jones '18, and Sage Holley '17, have kept running backs in check while Tyler Redmond ’17 (26 tackles, 3 INT’s) and Keyvaun Cobb '18 (25 tackles, 3 INT’s) keep quarterbacks guessing.
"This team has been amazing to coach," says Moroz. "There are no selfish players. They do whatever is best for the team."
Parents' Weekend 2016
Parents' Weekend is Friday, October 28 – Saturday, October 29, 2016! The weekend is packed full of fun events. What’s your preference?
Academic Progress. Parents and their sons have the opportunity to schedule private conferences with teachers.
Tackling the College Process. Understand Naviance and the college financial planning processes by attending one of two sessions in Pingree Theater or the College Guidance Office on Friday.
Social Events. Mingle with parents and faculty at the Headmaster’s Cocktail Reception Friday evening at 5:15 p.m. in the Patrick Beaver Student Center. Join hundreds of students and their families at the pre-game Parent Council Tailgate Party on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00p.m.
School Spirit. Cheer on the Greenies at The Game, the oldest high school football rivalry (public or private) in the Carolinas. This will be the 90th meeting between Christ School and Asheville School!
We look forward to seeing you there. Go Greenies!
May 12-15, 2016: Christ School Theater Presents Lord of the Flies
Christ School Theater is proud to present Lord of the Flies by Nobel Prize winner William Golding, adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams. This play, not often produced in the United States, is directed by Mary Dillon with Artistic Direction by Sarah Baldwin. Lord of the Flies runs May 12-15 at Pingree Theater on the Christ School campus. Performances begin with a matinee on Thursday, May 12 at 4:30. Evening performances are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 7:30 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.
William Golding’s classic novel, a potent allegory about the loss of innocence and the decline of civilization, is brought to dramatic life in Nigel Williams’s adaptation. A plane evacuating people from mass terrorist attacks on U.S. cities crashes on a deserted island. The only survivors are a group of schoolboys. By day, it’s a tropical paradise of sun and sea; but each night, their dreams are inhabited by a terrifying beast. Myth and nature combine in a dynamic exploration of power, democracy, and the struggle between good and evil that exists within us all. Lord of the Flies brings up many issues central to the lives of today’s adolescents – peer pressure, bullying, gang rivalry – in its depiction of reason versus chaos.
The strong ensemble cast features Daniel Beale as Piggy, James Turley as Ralph, Trevor Murrah as Jack, Preston Coleman as Simon, Townshend Budd as Roger, Belk McDill as Bill, George Janvier as Maurice, and Alejandro Arguindegui as Henry. Joining the cast from off campus are three young actors, Eli Dowler and Wilton Graves from local Cane Creek Middle School, and Clarke MacDonald, homeschooled. All are 7th grade students who will attend Christ School next year as 8th graders.
The theater artists and technicians bringing this island world to life are led by Ms. Sarah Baldwin and include Chris Schiebout, Daniel Zhang, Braxton Poole, Max Dressler, and Thomas Bolick. A new team that just formed this spring, the Journeymen, helped construct the set and solve design challenges. This group of students led by Mr. Ben Dowling and Mr. Ross Weathersbee built the elaborate set in just two weeks.
Due to the graphic and violent subject material parental discretion is advised for young children.
For more information, call 828 684-6232.
Miller Kaderabek '18 Makes Senior US National Olympic Team
Miller Kaderabek ‘18 has made the Senior US National Olympic Team after coming in third two weeks ago at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Just one weekend later at the U.S. Junior Championships, Kaderabek and his teammate Wes Bolyard finished with the gold medal in C2 (Tandem Canoe). He will compete in the Junior World Championships in Krakow, Poland this summer. Miller is a Headmaster’s Scholar and maintains a 4.34 GPA.
Though he is young, he is unafraid of his older competitors. This summer, along with teammate Wes Bolyard, Kaderabek traveled to London to race in a sport normally dominated by Europeans. Kaderabek more than held his own, but humbly shared that he could have finished better, stating that greater focus could have brought a better result.
Just two weeks ago at the U.S. Open, he finished 2nd in K1 (Kayak) and 4th in C2. “The season basically just started, but competing this summer gave me some much needed experience. I took a bit of time off to play Football this fall, but I still train off-campus about five to six days a week. Since January, we’ve raced every two weeks and will continue to do so until August.”
Kaderabek got his start at the age of seven when he recreationally kayaked at the summer camp High Rocks in Cedar Mountain, NC and fell in love. One day when kayaking at the Whitewater Center, he was recognized and encouraged to get a coach and pursue kayaking competitions. “Everything went from there. It has been a great experience so far. I have had quite a bit of help along the way from 2012 Olympian coach Eric Hurd as well as coaches Sam David and Lee Leibsardh." After 2.5 years of serious practice and focus, the opportunity to compete has presented itself.
Though unable to compete in the 2016 Olympics, Kaderabek has set his sights on Tokyo in 2020. “It would be crazy! The Olympics are something that everyone watches, but you never think that you could be one of those people. Elite human beings from around the world come together to get the Gold. It would be an amazing experience. The Olympics are a once in a lifetime opportunity for an athlete, and I hope I get the chance.”
In Christ School’s storied athletic history, there have been quite a few excellent competitors, and even a gold medal, when Mason Plumlee '11 won a Gold for team USA in the World Championships. However, if Kaderabek can pull it off four years from now, he would be the first to represent the United States in the games. “Christ School has been incredibly flexible with my schedule. I spend quite a bit of time travelling and competing. They are the only school who has been supportive of my goals. It means a lot.”
Additional Christ School athletics web coverage appears online on the The Asheville Citizen-Times website and the official website of the NCISAA. To find past articles posted on www.christschool.org, go to News and Events or use the search function above.